With over 150 acting credits attached to his name, Jack Black tends to have a hard time keeping track of his roles.
In a video interview with Variety on Monday, the 50-year-old actor completely forgot about his role in the 2006 romantic comedy – and Christmas hit movie – The Holiday. When Black was asked about his favorite movie to watch over the holidays, he picked another Christmas classic instead of his own.
“My favorite holiday film — it’s got to be Elf,” he answered in the clip. “Jon Favreau and Will Ferrell just knock it out of the park.”
“You could have said your own movie,” the interviewer said.
The Jumanji: The Next Level star then appears bewildered by the comment.
“Do I have a Christmas movie? Which one is mine?” Black questioned, before realizing his oversight. “Oh, The Holiday! Obviously, The Holiday!”
He added, “Nancy Meyers – genius.”
Black starred alongside Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in The Holiday. He played as Miles, a music composer who falls for Winslet’s character Iris.
Meyers, who directed, produced and wrote the film, previously mentioned that she wrote the part with Black specifically in mind.
“I saw School Of Rock and thought he was the cutest guy and fell in love with him. So Jack came over to my house, I made him some pasta, we sat in my kitchen and I told him the idea,” she revealed to IndieLondon in 2006. “When I asked him if he’d ever be in a movie like this, he replied: ‘Nancy, have you seen my work?’ But I assured him that I had and told him that I thought he was fabulous and that he’d be in a movie with Kate Winslet. He just said ‘yeah.’”
In that same year, Black told the outlet he was “flattered,” but “a little bit nervous” when Meyers first approached the star about the role, mentioning that “he didn’t really know” if he could play the part well.
“But Nancy insisted that she saw in me all the skills that were necessary to be adorable!” Black said. “I’m used to being crazy and ‘rock-n-rolly,’ which is a little different than this world. For me, it was a chance to stretch a little bit.”
Jack Black forgot he was in a holiday movie for a second there pic.twitter.com/b6KdWR1hXY
— Variety (@Variety) December 10, 2019